Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) Phases I (Trial), II (CAMPCS), III (CAMPCS/2), and IV (CAMPCS/3) (CAMP)

This study has been completed.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
CAMP Steering Committee
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James Tonascia, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Identifier:
First received: October 27, 1999
Last updated: February 20, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long term effects of anti-inflammatory therapy compared to bronchodilator therapy on the course of asthma, particularly on lung function and bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and on physical and psychosocial growth and development.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Diseases
Drug: Placebo
Drug: Nedocromil
Drug: Budesonide
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Childhood Asthma Management Program

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pulmonary Function as Measured by Normalized FEV1 Over a 4-6 Year Period [ Time Frame: At the end of treatment, 4-6 years from baseline assessment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change in FEV1 % of predicted, post-bronchodilator use, from baseline to the end of treatment (4-6 years after randomization). Percent predicted determined from three separate published sets of reference equations for white, black, and Hispanic children - see NEJM 343: 1054-1062, 2000 for more details and references.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Bronchial Responsiveness to Serial Methacholine Concentrations Inhaled Into the Lungs [ Time Frame: 4-6 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Bronchial responsiveness to serial concentrations of inhaled methacholine solution (mg/ml) as measured by serial ratios of follow-up to baseline FEV1 (forced volume of air expired from the lungs in one second). A dose-response curve is calculated from the serial ratios in relation to the serial concentrations to determine PC20, the concentration associated with a 20% drop from baseline in FEV1; this PC20 is the outcome measure with units mg/ml of methacholine.

  • Change From Baseline in the Rate of Asthma Free Days [ Time Frame: 4-6 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline proportion of days without asthma symptoms or other asthma related events to proportion of days during the 4-6 years of follow-up. Asthma free days were determined from daily asthma diaries kept from baseline to the end of treatment, 4-6 years later.

  • Need for Urgent Care for Asthma [ Time Frame: 4-6 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Counts during the period of treatment (4-6 years) of visits to emergency rooms or equivalent urgent care settings for asthma treatment.

  • Mortality [ Time Frame: 4-6 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Counts of deaths from asthma.

  • Change in Height From Baseline to End of Treatment, 4-6 Years Later [ Time Frame: 4-6 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change in standing height from baseline to end of treatment. Standing height is measured three times without shoes using a calibrated Harpenden stadiometer; the average of the three repeated heights to the nearest 0.1 cm is the height measure at either baseline or end of treatment.

  • Standardized Depression Scale -- Children's Depression Inventory [ Time Frame: 4-6 years from baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change in total score on the Children's Depression Inventory from baseline to the end of treatment, 4-6 years later. The total score ranges from 0-54 with higher scores indicating greater levels of depression.

Enrollment: 1041
Study Start Date: September 1991
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: October 1999 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1 Budesonide
Budesonide (Pulmicort), two 100 microgram puffs bid + two microgram puffs albuterol (Ventolin) prn
Drug: Budesonide
Two 100 Og puffs bid + two 90 Og puffs albuterol prn.
Other Name: Pulmicort
Active Comparator: 2 Nedocromil
Nedocromil (Tilade), four 2 mg puffs bid + two 90 microgram puffs albuterol prn
Drug: Nedocromil
Four 2 mg puffs bid + two 90 Og puffs albuterol prn
Other Name: Tilade
Placebo Comparator: 3 Placebo
Two 100 microgram puffs budesonide placebo bid + two 90 microgram puffs albuterol prn or four 2 mg puffs nedocromil placebo bid + two 90 microgram puffs albuterol prn.
Drug: Placebo
Two 100 Og puffs budesonide placebo bid + two 90 Og puffs albuterol prn OR four 2 mg puffs nedocromil placebo bid + two 90 Og puffs albuterol prn.

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Detailed Description:


Asthma is a serious chronic condition, affecting approximately 14 million Americans. People with asthma experience well over 100 million days of restricted activity annually, and costs for asthma care exceed $10 billion a year. Asthma is much more prevalent among children than adults.

Hospitalizations for asthma have been increasing among children. For example, from 1979 to 1987, the hospital discharge rate with asthma as the first-listed diagnosis rose 43 percent among children less than 15 years of age, from 19.8 to 28.4 discharges per 10,000 population.

Death rates for asthma are greater in Blacks than in whites, and the difference is increasing. In 1979, Blacks of both sexes were about twice as likely to die from asthma as whites. Over the past decade this ratio has increased, and by 1987 the asthma death rate was almost three times greater among Blacks than whites. In children, these mortality differences between Blacks and whites are even more striking.

Current knowledge about the epidemiology and natural history of childhood asthma is incomplete, but the relationship between asthma early in life and development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood is becoming more apparent. Asthmatic children with persistent and severe asthma symptoms have lower levels of lung function by young adulthood than those with milder disease. Recent longitudinal studies have confirmed a decrease in rate of growth of lung function as measured by FEV1 among symptomatic (primarily wheeze) children compared to asymptomatic children. Among persons who develop COPD, initial level of lung function is the strongest predictor of subsequent rapid decline of ventilatory function.

Thus, less than maximally attained levels of lung function among children with asthma may predispose them to greater than normal decline of lung function later in life. Although the long-term effect of treatment on the course of asthma is not known, the treatment goal of decreasing bronchial hyperresponsiveness and maximizing lung function and growth during childhood may have a beneficial effect on lung health throughout life and prevent progression to irreversible airflow obstruction.

Two classes of medications are currently available for treatment of inflammation--corticosteroids and cromolyn sodium. Inhaled corticosteroids have significantly fewer side effects than systemic administration. Corticosteroids do not inhibit the early asthmatic response, but are effective in suppressing the inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness of the late phase response. Long-term studies of inhaled corticosteroids have shown beneficial effects on lung function as measured by FEV1. However, there has been concern about possible effects of long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids. Although epidemiological studies of the use of inhaled corticosteroids have shown no significant adverse effects, large-scale randomized controlled studies of their effects on children's growth and development are needed.

When CAMP was initiated in the United States, bronchodilator treatment was the most common approach to therapy. Two classes of bronchodilators, inhaled beta-2-adrenergic agonists and oral theophylline, are most frequently prescribed for asthma. To date, no randomized, controlled studies have compared the two classes of anti-inflammatory medications to each other and to bronchodilator therapy on the course of asthma.

The initiative was proposed by the Pulmonary Disease Advisory Committee working group in October 1987 and approved by the full committee at the February 1988 meeting and by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council in May 1990. The Request for Proposals was released in October 1990. Awards were made in September 1991.


Children were randomized to one of three treatment groups to receive either: inhaled albuterol alone, albuterol with inhaled budesonide, albuterol with nedocromil. Upon randomization, data were collected on demographic factors, physical and psychosocial development, clinical factors including medical history and extent of allergies, and quality of life factors including limitation of activity, absenteeism from school, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations. All subjects received a common educational program, differing only in the information presented regarding the medication used by the subjects. Each subject was given a standard protocol for dealing with asthma attacks. All subjects were treated and followed for five years with quarterly visits yearly. Recruitment began in July 1993 and ended in June 1995 with the accrual of 1,041 subjects.

The study has been extended through June 2011 through three funding phases to observe the subjects but not provide asthma treatment. This will allow CAMP to (1.) determine the full impact of 4 to 6 years of anti-inflammatory therapy on attaining maximal lung function and final height; (2.) examine the natural history of asthma through age 26; and (3.) define patterns of reduced lung function growth and early decline of lung function in young adults.


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Age 5 to 12 years at time of screening
  • Chronic asthma as evidenced by one or more of the following historical findings for at least 6 months during the past year:
  • Asthma symptoms at least 2 times per week
  • 2 or more usages per week of an inhaled bronchodilator
  • Daily asthma medication
  • Current asthma symptoms either by diary symptom code of 1 or greater or am or pm PEFR less than 80% of personal best post-bronchodilator value by diary, on 8 or more days during the prn screening period
  • Methacholine sensitivity: estimated PC20 FEV1 less than or equal to 12.5 mg/ml
  • Consent of guardian and assent of child
  • Ability to comply with trial for 5 - 6.5 years

Exclusion criteria:

  • Presence of one or more of the following confounding or complicating problems:
  • Any other active pulmonary disease
  • Any chronic condition presumed to interfere with the successful completion of the project or confound its interpretation
  • Pulmonary function testing findings suggesting a ventilatory defect other than asthma, or evidence of existing irreversible lung damage
  • Severe chronic sinusitis or nasal polyposis
  • Introduction of or a change in allergen immunotherapy within the past month
  • Use of more than 4 sprays of nasal steroids daily (only beclomethasone allowed)
  • Pregnancy
  • Current use of metoclopramide, ranitidine, or cimetidine
  • Treatment for gastroesophageal reflux
  • Participation in another drug study
  • Evidence of severe asthma as indicated by one or more of the following:
  • Two or more hospitalizations for asthma in the past year
  • Six or more steroid bursts in the past year
  • Demonstrated need for continuous use of glucocorticoids, either oral or inhaled
  • When off inhaled O2-agonist for more than 4 hrs and theophylline for more than 24 hrs, FEV1 less than 65% predicted
  • Intubation for asthma at any time in the past
  • Need for 9 or more puffs/day of albuterol for each of 3 consecutive days (excluding preventive use prior to exercise), or nocturnal asthma awakenings more than 1.5 times per week on average, or average diary card symptom code greater than 2, or requirement for other medications to control asthma, during prn screening period
  • Inability to perform 3 acceptable FVC maneuvers of which at least 2 reproducible FEV1s are within 10% of the largest FEV1
  • Inability to complete the methacholine challenge or methacholine PC20 FEV1 greater than 12.5 mg/ml
  • Evidence that patient or family may be unreliable or non-compliant or may move from the metropolitan area before trial completion
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00000575

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
CAMP Steering Committee
Principal Investigator: N. F. Adkinson, MD Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD, MS Brigham and Women's Hospital
Principal Investigator: H. W. Kelly, PharmD University of New Mexico
Principal Investigator: Padmaja Subbarao, MD, MSc The Hospital for Sick Children
Principal Investigator: Paul Williams, MD Asthma, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Robert Strunk, MD Washington University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Stanley Szefler, MD National Jewish Health
Principal Investigator: James Tonascia, PhD Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Robert Zeiger, MD, PhD University of California, San Diego
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):

Responsible Party: James Tonascia, Principal Investigator, CAMP Data Coordinating Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Identifier: NCT00000575     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 213  5U01HL075417 
Study First Received: October 27, 1999
Results First Received: October 16, 2013
Last Updated: February 20, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Bronchial Diseases
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Anti-Allergic Agents
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Respiratory System Agents processed this record on May 26, 2016